In 1961, Yamaha entered its first World Grand Prix series, finishing in the points in only their second GP race with its 2-stroke RD48 at the Isle of Man TT. Yamaha is commemorating the 60th anniversary of this definitive year and its rich racing history with three new Special Edition models – the 2022 YZF-R3, YZF-R7, and YZF-R1 are all available in a World GP 60th Anniversary Edition livery. Based on the iconic Yamaha white-and-red chain block, with a yellow number plate, these striking machines pay tribute to Yamaha’s passion for racing and dedication to winning at the highest levels of motorcycle racing.
“Racing has always been in Yamaha’s DNA, as well as a cornerstone of motorcycle development,” said Derek Brooks, Yamaha Motorcycle Product Line Manager. “Nowhere is this fact more evident than with our R-series bikes, which have benefited from years of Grand Prix racing. Technology and designs have trickled down to our production Superbike and Supersport machines, making them dominant forces in MotoAmerica racing for so many years.”
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Along with the World GP 60th Anniversary color scheme, each of the commemorative bikes also features gold wheels, gold forks, Yamaha factory team Gold Tuning Fork emblems, black levers, and special commemorative badging on the airbox cover.
“We’re thrilled to give Yamaha enthusiasts the opportunity to own this piece of Yamaha racing history,” Brooks added. “These distinctive World GP 60th Anniversary editions are amazing to see in person with the instantly recognizable classic white and red Yamaha Racing livery and a range of other special detailing.”
The 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition (MSRP $9,299) and the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R1 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition (MSRP $18,099) will be available in November 2021. The 2022 YZF-R3 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition (MSRP $5,499) will be available in February 2022.
2022 Yamaha R-series Sportbikes
Sixty years of racing have given Yamaha the expertise to develop and refine its lineup of sportbike models. From the entry-level YZF-R3 to the exclusive, GP-inspired YZF-R1M, the Yamaha R-series models provide options for riders of all skill and budget levels.
Returning to the Yamaha sportbike lineup is the standard edition Yamaha YZF-R3, which has aggressive R-series styling and a lightweight, high-revving 321cc parallel-Twin, and the standard edition Yamaha YZF-R1, which boasts advanced MotoGP-derived electronics and the powerful crossplane 998cc CP4 engine. For 2022, both the YZF-R3 and YZF-R1 now feature an updated Team Yamaha Blue color option with graphic detailing and accents aligned with the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7, including matte blue and cyan blue accents throughout. For riders looking for a darker option, the YZF-R3 also comes in Midnight Black, and the YZF-R1 is available in Performance Black.
Also returning to the Yamaha lineup for 2022, the premium spec YZF-R1M, now featuring a new color design further accentuating the full carbon fiber front fairing and aluminum fuel tank, with a slightly bluer side fairing.
The 2022 YZF-R3 will be available this December in Team Yamaha Blue or Midnight Black with an MSRP of $5,299. The 2022 YZF-R1 will be available this November in Team Yamaha Blue or Performance Black with an MSRP of $17,599, and the 2022 YZF-R1M will be available in January 2022, with an MSRP of $26,299.
2022 Yamaha YZF-R6 GYTR
Yamaha has a long history of supporting both amateur and professional Supersport racing and to continue in this endeavor, a track-only 2022 YZF-R6 GYTR will be available for purchase in extremely limited numbers. The Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing YZF-R6 features full race bodywork in primer white, GYTR YZF-R6 Race Seat, GYTR ECU and wiring harness with interface cable, full Akrapovič exhaust, a 520 chain, and sprocket kit, racing rear sets, AIS plug set, billet front brake lever guard, shark fin rear sprocket guard, GYTR ABS emulator, GYTR racing fuel cap, GYTR on/off switch, and GYTR brake line set, among other specialty parts.
The new 2022 Yamaha YZF-R6 GYTR will be available in dealers from April 2022 and has an MSRP of $18,399. Contact your local Yamaha dealer if you would like to place deposit on this limited production motorcycle.
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